'Metro Man' Sreedharan to retire

The 190-kilometre long Delhi Metro network is known for its modern technology and safety arrangements, But for a few accidents during construction, Sreedharan has a successful record of constructing this big metro network of the national capital without causing much difficulty to the people. Born in a  village in Palaghat in Kerela on June 12, 1932, Sreedharan joined Indian Railway Service of Engineers  in 1954 as a probationary assistant engineer in  Southern Railway. .

He was in-charge of investigation, planning and design of the first Metro of India in Kolkata from 1970 to 1975. He was put in charge of the prestigious Konkan Railway as its Chairman and Managing director. It earned him fame for executing a rail project in very difficult terrain.

In DMRC, he enjoyed very challenging and smooth career its chief. In 2008, his career received a jolt when Metro there was a accident. The collapse at Zamrudpur in July 2009 proved to be a bigger. He had offered to resign taking the responsibility  but the government refused.

In executing the Delhi metro project, Sreedharan was given full freedom by the government.
Though, some NGOs have been questioning the wisdom of adopting such a costly option for public transport, his leadership quality and the way of executing the project received high appreciation from all corners.

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